Become a Google Certified Educator: https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/certification
    FROM 2015-16
    I would like to share with you a new opportunity to advance your skills with Google Apps for Education through their online Training Center (https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/training). Google tools were the number one requested item by staff in an earlier teacher Professional Development survey. Through this online training center, you can now potentially earn several hours of professional development credit. This training is web-based, can be catered to your own needs and done outside of school hours at a time that is convenient for you. This should also help those teachers who have had recent Professional Development courses canceled on them due to low enrollment. 
    To make things even easier, I have attached a mostly completed Professional Development pre-approval request form for you. If interested, all you need to do is print, complete your personal information such as name/grade/building, sign and return to Christine Starks. 
    Here are some helpful documents if you would like to participate:
    Professional Development Pre-Approval Form - Just personalize and submit.
    FROM 2014-15 
    Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has arrived at Lake Shore! Several teachers have piloted Google Apps across multiple grade levels in multiple content areas on various devices with great success. We want any interested teacher to be able to take advantage of these tools and create even more learning opportunities for students. If you haven't used Google Apps for Education yet, there are numerous high quality tools at your fingertips that will enable you to do things that weren't possible in the past. The plan was to have an official launch in 2015-16 but we want to give teachers a chance to practice and apply some of these tools early, with students if you choose, and have these tools available in any preparation and planning for next school year. In addition to Drive, Docs, Mail, Sites, Hangouts and more, Lake Shore teachers & students will also have access to Google Classroom, just launched earlier this school year. 
    One-Hour Setup/Training Sessions will be held on the following dates/times at the following locations:
    High School (Media Center Computer Lab): Mon 4/13, Tue 4/28 - 3:20-4:20 PM
    Middle School (Computer Lab 200): Mon 4/20, Tue 5/5 - 3:10-4:10 PM
    Anthony J. Schmidt (Conference Room 111): Mon 4/27, Tue 5/11 - 3:40-4:40 PM *Bring your laptop
    Highland (Computer Lab): Tue 4/21, Mon 5/4 - 3:40-4:40 PM
    John T. Waugh (Library): Tue 4/14, Mon 5/18 - 3:40-4:40 PM *Bring your laptop
    William T. Hoag (Room 119): Thur 4/16 (3:15-4:15 MS/HS), Thur 5/14 (3:45-4:45 Anyone) *Bring your laptop 
    Still looking for some professional development hours? Professional Development hours will be given if you attend. There will be a sign-in sheet at each session. Come to 1, 2, or as many sessions as you feel are needed to get up and running with Google Apps. Feel free to attend sessions at any building if certain dates work better than others, however, Professional Development hours can only be given if you attend outside of the scheduled work day. Please email me and let me know if you plan on attending. I hope to see some of you at an upcoming session! 
    If you are interested and would like to do this during the school day, submit a tech support request online including your availability in the notes. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions related to this opportunity or anything related to Google for Education.
    FYI - Did you know that Google offers many free tools to support education? Google Education Projects 

    Google Classroom

    Google for Education 101

    Best Practices for using Google Classroom - Webinar from 11/5/14

    Google Classroom - Teacher & Student View